rainbow lights up the sky over the rural countryside in the Steuben Cooperative.
Welcome to the Steuben Rural Electric Cooperative web page! Our service area is
divided into two parts along the Southern Tier of New York State. We cover most of Steuben
and Schuyler counties along with parts of Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties. Today, we
serve 5,600 customers in an area known for its farmland and timber industries. We have
lots of open land for companies looking to relocate or establish themselves in Western New
For anyone unfamiliar with rural living, it may seems surprising that we still have
local residents who remember a time when electricity was a luxury that family farms could
not afford. The "lamp on the shelf" was a trademark of many farmhouses, located
too far from a central power station for electric service. In 1941, however, the Steuben
Rural Electric Corporation was formed. Three years later, our cooperative had more than 52
miles of power lines serving 89 consumers. Starting in 1961, with the opening of the New
York Power Authoritys Niagara Power Project, weve been able to purchase some
of the lowest-cost wholesale power in the country for our customers.
Lineman at work
To our west, the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Electric Cooperative followed a similar
path, incorporating as an electric association in 1941, and then as a cooperative one year
later. In early 1944, this system made New York State history by being the first
cooperative in the state to energize an electrical substation. In 1969, the Steuben system
merged with Chautauqua-Cattaraugus. Today, our two coops operate separately but are
managed under one board of directors.
Our system is growing at a rate of about two percent a year, mostly to residential and
small commercial customers. Besides dairy farms and lumber mills, we serve several
schools, a ski resort and the Watson Homestead, donated by former IBM chief executive
officer James Watson, and now used as a Methodist conference facility. Our service area is
within commuting distance to several small cities, including Bath, Corning, Hornell and
Jamestown. Buffalo is 40 miles away from our system; Rochester is 70 miles. Reasonably
priced land and affordable electricity are just two of the many reasons to consider
locating your business within our service area.
Steuben Rural Electric Cooperative has to offer your company:
Tier of New York State. Route 17, a major east-west highway crossing the southern tier, is
the main highway running through our service area. The cities of Bath, Corning, Hornell
and Jamestown are nearby; Buffalo and Rochester are also within commuting distance.
undeveloped woodlands making up some 70 percent of the four-county region we serve, land
is plentiful and reasonably priced for commercial and industrial purposes.
17, a four-lane, divided highway, is the main highway running through our service area.
Rail freight lines also serve this region.
and small commercial customers pay a monthly charge of $9.75 per month plus a rate of
$0.0748 per kilowatt-hour (kwh).
commercial and industrial customers pay a monthly charge of $3.81 per kw per month plus a rate of $0.0571
For more information about the Steuben Rural Electric Cooperative, contact:
Richard Moyle, General Manager
9 Wilson Avenue
Bath, NY 14810
Or check our web site, at www.steubenrec.com.